Meet Our Faculty

  • Sylvia Labourdette

    Sylvia Labourdette

    Owner, Director and Teacher

    Attended dance class at the Emma Pembo Dance Studio from the age of 6 until she graduated and received her Teacher’s Diploma in 1953. She opened her own school at the age of 16 and has operated a prosperous dance school for 65 years. On June 13, 2013 she celebrated her 60th Anniversary “A Diamond Jubilee” Revue  She was President of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists, and is a 44 year member of Louisiana Association of Dance Masters Chapter #6 and Dance Masters of America, certified by test to teach. From 1963 – 2017, she has graduated and presented a Teacher’s Diploma to 232 students. Many of her graduate students have performed on Broadway, were Disney World performers, judged many Dance Competitions, taught classes in New York and have opened successful Dance Studios.

  • Sandra Labourdette Brooks

    Sandra Labourdette Brooks

    Director, Teacher and Choreographer

    Attended dance class at the Emma Pembo Dance Studio from the age of 18 months until she graduated and received her Teacher’s Diploma in 1958. She started teaching dance at the Labourdette School and has been teaching for 60 years. She is a 44 year member of Louisiana Association of Dance Masters Chapter #6 and Dance Masters of America, certified by test to teach. She was Captain of the original Dance Drill Team for the New Orleans Saints and Choreographer for the Cheerleader Dancers of the former USFL New Orleans Breakers, the Heartbreakers.

    From 1987 – 1993 was the Choreographer for the Saintsations, the Dance Team for the NFL New Orleans Saints Football Team.  She also Choreographed and taught the halftime routines for the Saintsations performances at the American Bowl held in London, England and Tokyo, Japan. She has studied with some of the leading Dance Choreographers in the country and judged the All American Dance and Drill Team National Competition in 1994 held at the University of New Orleans. She has one Son, a Daughter-in-Law, Granddaughter and Grandson.

  • Megan Adams

    Megan Adams

    Ballet/Pointe Instructor

    Megan began her ballet training at the tender age of 2 at Sheri’s Dance Arts & Gymnastics Centre in Maysville, KY where she began competing and attending conventions at a very young age. She continued to advance in her training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet under the direction of Victoria Morgan and later Ballet Theatre Midwest. In Fall of 2007, Megan moved to New Orleans, LA to attend Loyola University New Orleans where she graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration and minor in Ballet. At Loyola she was an integral part of the ballet program and represented Loyola in the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans and New Orleans Opera Association as well at several summer training intensives such as Milwaukee Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Some of Megan’s most notable performance roles include Lise in “La Fille Mal Gardee”, Gamzattie in “La Bayadere” Dew Drop Fairy in “Nutcracker” and soloist in “Les Sylphides”. Megan is dedicated to sharing her love of Ballet through teaching safe and proper ballet technique, conditioning, performance and dance history.

  • Shelby Adams

    Shelby Adams

    Hip Hop Instructor & Class Assistant

    Shelby has been dancing at Labourdette School of Dance since she was two, and graduated with a Teaching Certificate in 2014. She was a Class Demonstrator in 2013-2014, and has been a Class Assistant since 2014. Shelby is on Faculty as the Hip Hop Instructor and will also be a Class Assistant for the 2017 – 2018 dance season. She graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School in 2015, where she was Co-Captain of the Chapellette Dance Team her senior year. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2015-2016. She now attends the University of New Orleans and is studying Elementary Education.

  • Katie McGowan

    Katie McGowan

    Beginner Jazz Technique Instructor & Class Assistant

    Katie began dancing at Labourdette School of Dance at the age of two and has continued to study dance ever since.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre and Dance from Northwestern State University and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Katie has competed and placed in both regional and national dance competitions around the United States. She was a VIP member of the Dance America/Dance Olympus National Tour in 2005. Katie is excited to be on Faculty as the Beginner Jazz Technique Instructor and a Class Assistant for the 2017-2018 dance year.

  • Charlene Hrubes Hibbs

    Charlene Hrubes Hibbs

    Zumba Fitness Instructor

    Charlene has been a certified Zumba Instructor since 2009 holding certificates in Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold and Zumba Kids. She is a 1991 Teacher Graduate of the Labourdette School of Dance. She has been a dance educator and fitness instructor for more than 25 years and is a Post Graduate of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School (TTS) at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently holds the position of Administrator III coordinating, administering and grading exams for TTS. She is certified by test to teach by Louisiana Association of Dance Masters (LADM) and Dance Masters of America (DMA) and is Continuing Education Certified. She is also a Nationally Certified Examiner for DMA for Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Acrobatics. She is a Past President of LADM currently serving as Corresponding Secretary and Delegate for the National Convention.

  • Carmelita Hingle McGowan

    Carmelita Hingle McGowan

    Class Assistant

    She has been with the Labourdette School of Dance for 50 years. She is a graduate and has received her diploma to teach tap, jazz, ballet and tumbling. She has dedicated the past 30 years to educating children in the art of dance and tumbling. During her years as a student, Carmelita was voted Most Talented Non-Finalist in the Louisiana Association of Dance Masters Competition. She has competed in New York, Las Vegas, Kansas, and Orlando, and has won numerous regional and national championships in group competitions. Carmelita is married and has four children.

  • Michelle Gouzien Higgins

    Michelle Gouzien Higgins

    Class Assistant

    She is a 1997 Graduate of the Labourdette School of Dance and is in the Senior Advanced Class at the school. She has been a Class Assistant since 1998, assisting in the Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatic Classes. She has participated and won in Regional and National Solo and Group Competitions. She graduated from Riverdale High School in 1999 and is a 2002 Graduate from Delgado Community College in Associates of Arts. She also, graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Michelle graduated from Charity School of Nursing in December 2014 with an Associate of Science in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates. Michelle is married and has two children. Both her daughters are students at Labourdette School of Dance.

  • Katie Smith Geerken

    Katie Smith Geerken

    Class Assistant

    She has been a dancer at Labourdette School of Dance for 31 years and received her teaching certificate in 1999. She has participated and won in numerous regional and national group and solo competitions, including Dancer of the Year. She is a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Marketing from Louisiana State University and an Associates of Nursing Degree from Our Lady of the Lake College. She is married with 3 children and both daughters dance at Labourdette. Katie is a practicing registered nurse at Khoobehi & Associates. She is extremely excited about being a Class Assistant for the upcoming year.

  • Lauren Vogt Stanga

    Lauren Vogt Stanga

    Class Assistant

    Lauren has studied dance for 19 years and continues to study at the Labourdette School of Dance. She received her Teachers Diploma in 2002. She is a graduate of Ridgewood Preparatory School and went on to study at Louisiana State University and Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She is married with two children, one of whom also dances at the Labourdette School of Dance. Lauren assist in running her and her Husband’s company, 1st Audio and Video. She is looking forward to being a Class Assistant for the 2017 – 2018 Dance Season.

  • Gina Provenzano Johnson

    Gina Provenzano Johnson

    Class Assistant

    Gina is a 1997 Graduate from the Labourdette School of Dance. She attends dance class in the Advanced Performance Arts and has been a Class Assistant since 1998. She is a Graduate of Archbishop Chapelle High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and an Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design from Delgado Community College. She is a Project Designer at Garrity+Accardo Architects. She is married and has 2 children. Both of her daughters are students at Labourdette.

  • Alyssa Scurria

    Alyssa Scurria

    Class Assistant

    Alyssa has been dancing at Labourdette School of Dance since the age of three and graduated with a Certificate of Teaching in 2012.  She was a Class Demonstrator in 2012 and 2014 and a Class Assistant for the 2013 and 2015 dance season. While dancing at the studio in high school, she also had experience being a competitive cheerleader while holding co-captain and captain positions. She attends and now teaches class at Labourdette. She is a 2017 Graduate from Louisiana State University with a dual degree in both Psychology and Spanish. In addition to those majors, she received a minor in Dance. Outside of the Labourdette studio and LSU classes, she performed on both of her sorority’s dance teams, “Step Show” (hip hop) and “Songfest” (jazz), while being the co-chair and choreographer for “Songfest” last year. Lastly, she has become part of a World’s Hip Hop team that travels and competes.

  • Taylor Waguespack

    Taylor Waguespack

    Class Assistant

    Taylor has attended the Labourdette School of Dance since the age of 3. She was a Class Demonstrator in the 2013-2014 dance season. Taylor graduated from the Labourdette School of Dance in 2014, received her Teaching Certificate, and is currently a Class Assistant. She graduated from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in 2014, where she was Captain of the award winning Lady Jacket Dance Team. She was named Captain at the beginning of her Sophomore year and acquired a choreographing position for her senior year. She was given a Choreography Award and a High-Point Award in the MA Dance Competition in 2014. She is a fourth year student at Louisiana State University, studying Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Taylor is excited to be assisting the Labourdette’s and sharing her love for dance in the 2017-2018 dance season.

  • Tricia Grishaw

    Class Assistant

    Tricia, has studied dance at the Labourdette School of Dance for the past 32 years. She still attends dance class in the Advanced Performing Arts. She received her Teacher’s Diploma in 1997, graduating in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatics. She is proud to be a Class Assistant in the Acrobatic and Tumbling Class for the 2017 – 2018 Dance Season.

  • Nicole Pellerano Villere

    Class Demonstrator

    She started dancing at Labourdette School of Dance at the age of 10. She is happy to be a Class Demonstrator for the 2017 – 2018 dance season. She is a graduate of Cabrini High School and has a Masters of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University. She is currently employed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. She is married with a daughter, who is currently a Labourdette dancer.

  • Jennifer Bruzeau Edge

    Class Demonstrator

    Jennifer has been dancing at Labourdette School of Dance for 17 years. She danced for 8 years as a child and has returned to dancing in the adult class for the past 9 years. This will be her third year as a Class Demonstrator. Jennifer is happy to assist in class for the 2017-2018 year. She is the Mother to three wonderful kids and her daughter is also a student of Labourdette.

  • Nicole Lama Sachitano

    Class Demonstrator

    Nicole has enjoyed dancing at the Labourdette School of Dance for 13 years; both as a young child and more recently as an adult. She graduated from Mount Carmel Academy and was a member of the Carmellettes Dance Team. Nicole graduated from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in 2002, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse and is currently working as a Nurse Educator at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. She is married with two children. Her daughter is also a Labourdette student. Nicole is a Class Demonstrator and could not be happier sharing her love of dance with her daughter and the students.